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Eat Like a Champion by Jill Castle

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CHAPTER 4

The Relief Pitcher: Fluids and Hydration

If you don’t eat right as an athlete, you’ll get tired and won’t be as sharp. It’s simple to drink sodas and sports drinks, but water is the most essential drink to put in your body.

—Troy Polamalu, strong safety, Pittsburgh Steelers

Julie was a three-sport athlete, but spring track was her favorite; she had always done well and had advanced to the state finals for 2 years in a row. As a 17-year-old junior, she knew the routine: practice every day after school, log good weekend mileage, and compete in track meets during the week. She thought her nutrition plan was adequate—she ate three meals and snacked on apples, peanut butter, yogurt, and granola—but her biggest challenge was drinking. ...

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